Plan a School Visit
School programs at the National Building Museum inspire students to examine the buildings, places, and structures around them. During these hands-on programs, which meet national standards of learning and integrate STEM themes, students use the design process as a way to identify problems and investigate solutions. They create plans, construct models, and think critically as they evaluate their final projects. By becoming city planners, engineers, designers, and architects during the programs, students begin to understand that their decisions can have a positive impact on the world around them.
Programs for PreK–9th grade student groups are 1.5 or 2 hours long and are offered at 10 or 10:30 am and at 12:30 pm Monday–Friday. Programs will be offered September 24, 2014 through June 12, 2015, except for federal holidays.
The Museum is able to offer a limited number of free programs to Title I schools for the 2014–2015 school year. We have reached our maximum number of free programs for Virginia and Maryland Title I schools. Sign up to be notified if additional free programs become available. Free programs are still available for D.C. public and public charter schools.
Three of our school programs (My House, My Home, Architecture 101, and Designing for Disaster) include a visit to one of the Museum's exhibitions. All other programs take place in the Museum's Great Hall and/or classrooms. Your school program fee includes complimentary access to the Museum's exhibitions immediately before or after your program on the day of your visit. Consider extending your trip with a visit to House & Home, PLAY WORK BUILD, or another one of our exhibitions. If you are not interested in participating in a school program and would just like to visit the Museum's exhibitions, admission is $5 for students 3 years old and up and $8 for adults. Tickets are not required to enter the Museum's Great Hall. Visit go.nbm.org/SchoolTickets for more details.
Opportunities for Everyone
The Museum welcomes all students and schools to participate in its programs.
Individual homeschool students may sign up for programs during one of our Homeschool Days. Organized homeschool groups are welcome to register for school group programs throughout the year.
The Museum strives to provide accessible school programs that are appropriate for students with varying abilities or special needs. Our programs are hands-on and can be adapted to complement a variety of learning styles. Please tell us about your students’ special needs, whether physical or academic, in the comments section when you register so we can provide the best program possible. The Museum has a wheelchair-accessible entrance on G Street.
Free program policies have changed from previous years. A limited number of free programs are available for Title 1 public schools throughout the school year. We are no longer able to offer free programs to non-Title 1 D.C. Public Schools and D.C. Public Charter Schools. With registration beginning August 1, 2014, these programs are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and will fill quickly. Schools participating in free programs at the Museum are required to complete a fee waiver form signed by their school principal.